Songs for Halloween A-H

A funny little lady

A witch wears a long tall hat

Bats in the belfry

Black and gold

Chop, chop, choppity chop

Cut into a pumpkin

Dry bones

Every way and witch way

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate

Fright night, hold tight

Five spooky skeletons

Fly little bats

Gobbolino, the witch’s cat

Goblins and witches

Hallowe’en counting rhyme

Halloween fun

Hallowe’en is coming

Halloween’s coming

Have you seen the ghost of Tom?

Hinx, minx! The old witch winks

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Last updated: 10/19/2020 8:40 AM

The songs below are part ofAway we gocompiled, adapted and illustrated by Dany Rosevear

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A funny little lady 🔊

 

 


You never know who might be knocking on Halloween night! A hand play.

Music by Dany Rosevear.

Make pointed hat above head. Knock on a hard surface. Pretend to open the doore. With hand to forehead look from side to side. Point up, make broom swoop with hand / arm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A funny little lady with a pointed hat,

Knocked on my door with a “Rat-a-tat-tat!”

When I went to open it, she was not there,

But up on her broomstick, high in the air!


 

 

A witch wears a long tall hat O

 

 


Another spooky song that is best accompanied with a regular drum rhythm.

 

I had thought this was a traditional song as I had sung it to children since the 1970s but on investigating in order to reply to a query found it was written by Dave and Toni Arthur who wrote several songs at this time for various educational publications. They also produced anthologies of songs and poems for the then popular Thames Television Seeing and Doing programmes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A witch wears a long tall hat,

A witch has a big black cat.

She sits on her broomstick as she rides by

And ‘Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooh!’ is her cry.

 

A witch wears long black hair,

A witch flies through the air.

She sits on her broomstick as she rides by

And ‘Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooh!’ is her cry.

 

A witch wears a long black cloak,

A witch disappears in a puff of smoke.

She sits on her broomstick as she rides by

And ‘Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooh!’ is her cry.

 


 

 

Bats in the belfry 🔊

 

 


A post Halloween song for those that can’t let the fun go!

 

Cross wrists. Put thumb and forefingers to eyes. Brush cheeks with back of fingers. Flap hands. Touch watch.  Throw out hands. Look sad. Brighten up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bats in the belfry,

Owls in the trees.

Cats in the cornfield,

Ghosts in the breeze.

Right after midnight

All of it’s done,

And Halloween’s over,

But wasn’t it fun!

 


 

 

Black and gold 🔊

 

 


A Halloween poem by Nancy Byrd Turner.

Music by Dany Rosevear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Everything is black and gold,

Black and gold, to-night;

Yellow pumpkins, yellow moon,

Yellow candlelight!

 

Jet-black cats with golden eyes

Shadows black as ink,

Firelight blinking in the dark

With a yellow blink.

 

Black and gold, black and gold

Nothing in between-

When the world turns black and gold

Then it's Halloween!


 

 

Chop, chop, choppity chop 🔊

 

 

 


Music by Dany Rosevear.

Traditionally this is a baby play game but with music and a minor key added it conjured up images of a witches cauldron. Have fun deciding what might be the perfect ingredients for Halloween night.

The song would also be a good accompiament to soup making when vegetables are in season.

It would, however, still be great fun to play with a toddler as below.

 

1. Move hands with a chopping motion. 2. Make chopping motions near the feet and then the head. 3. Rub tummy (the pot). 5. As in 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chop, chop, choppity chop,

Cut off the bottoms and cut off the tops!

What is left, we will put in the pot;

So chop, chop, choppity chop!

Stir it round, stir it round,

Taste and see what you have found!!


 

 

Cut into a pumpkin 🔊

 

 


Making pumpkins – one of the delights of Halloween. A finger play.

Set to music by Dany Rosevear

 

1. Make a cutting motion. 2. Pretend to scoop. 3. Cut a moon shape. 4. Open and close hands. 5. Make triangle with forefingers and thumbs. 6. Hold up 10 fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cut into a pumpkin,

Scoop it with a spoon,

Carve a little mouth

That is shaped like a moon,

Cut two eyes that twinkle,

And a big three-cornered nose.

Use for teeth, ten shiny seeds,

And place them in a row!


 

 

 

Dry bones 🔊

 

 


Time for a good workout; move your bones and dance around while identifying parts of the body through this adaptation of the traditional African American gospel song. https://www.bethsnotesplus.com/2013/05/dry-bones.html

 

Stand in a large circle with plenty of room to move. 1. Dance in place along to the words finishing with a good shake. 2. Pat each body part as it is mentioned then shake. 3. Children join together holding hands and move / skip around in a circle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Them bones, them bones them dry bones!

Them bones, them bones them dry bones!

Them bones, them bones them dry bones!

Shake them rattling bones!

 

The toe bone's connected to the foot bone,

The foot bone's connected to the ankle bone,

The ankle bone's connected to the leg bone,

Shake them rattling bones!

 

The leg bone's connected to the knee bone,

The knee bone's connected to the thigh bone,

The thigh bone's connected to the hip bone,

Shake them rattling bones!

 

Them bones, them bones gonna walk around,

Them bones, them bones gonna walk around,

Them bones, them bones gonna walk around,

Shake them rattling bones!

 

The hip bone's connected to the back bone,

The back bone's connected to the neck bone,

The neck bone's connected to the head bone,

Shake them rattling bones!

 

The finger bone's connected to the hand bone,

The hand bone's connected to the arm bone,

The arm bone's connected to the shoulder bone,

Shake them rattling bones!

 

Them bones, them bones gonna dance around

Them bones, them bones gonna dance around

Them bones, them bones gonna dance around

Shake them rattling bones!

 

Them bones, them bones them dry bones!

Them bones, them bones them dry bones!

Them bones, them bones them dry bones!

We’ll shake them skeleton bones!


 

 

Every way and witch way 🔊

 

 


Out and about on Halloween night. Words and music by Dany Rosevear.

 

Choose a Halloween character and move in character in and out of each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Every way and witch way, down the rambling road,

Goblins are a-hiding with spiders, bats and toads.

Skeletons and ghosties creeping everywhere,

Rattleing and howling, they chill the evening air

Halloween is here again to liven up the night,

Halloween is here again to give you such a fright!

 

Every way and witch way, about the moonlit lane,

Witches on their broomsticks are flying once again.

Roly poly pumpkins in windows everywhere,

Blink and wink with toothy grins, and wild and wicked stares.

Halloween is here again to liven up the night,

Halloween is here again to give you such a fright!


 

 

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate

 

 


A traditional rhyme for Halloween. There are many chants and rap versions of this song but for younger children I prefer a simple chant with lots of expression.

 

1. Put five fingers behind an arm. 2. One finger up and then hands to cheek. 3. Two fingers up and point to the movement of the witches. 4. Three fingers up then throw out hands. 5. Four fingers up then hand make running movements. 6. Five fingers up then put hands on hips. 7. Cover eyes. 8. Put up five fingers and then roll arms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,

The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late.”

The second one said, “There are witches in the air”.

The third one said,” But we don’t care!”

The fourth one said, “Let’s run, run, run”

The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun!”

“Whooooo!” went the wind,

And out went the light…

And five little pumpkins went rolling out of sight!

 


 

 

Five spooky skeletons 🔊

 

 


A chase and catch circle game for Halloween!

This is a nod to the song ‘Five little indians in a teepee’ from ’Sounds like children’ compiled by Jennifer Buckle. Words and music arranged by Dany Rosevear.

 

Five ‘skeletons’ sleep in a circle; the circle holding hands tiptoes round them. On the word ‘up’ the ‘skeletons’ jump up and aim to catch one each of the fleeing children who become skeletons for the next game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Five spooky skeletons on a dark, dark night,

Sleeping quietly, oh, what a sight!

Out came the moon and what do you think?

Up jumped the skeletons as quick as a wink!

 


 

 

Fly little bats 🔊

 

 


An action rhyme for Halloween by Susan Nipp and Pam Beall from their delightful collection of children’s song books ‘Wee Sing’.

 

Fly, crawl, stomp, creep, dance and float like each Halloween character.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fly, fly, fly, little bats,

Fly, fly, fly, little bats,

Fly, fly, fly, little bats,

Halloween night is here!

 

Crawl, crawl, crawl, little spiders…

Stomp, stomp, stomp, little monsters…

Creep, creep, creep, little cats…

Dance, dance, dance, little skeletons…

Float, float, float, little ghosts…


 

 

Fright night, hold tight 🔊

 

 


One for those who cannot venture far this Halloween.

Words and music by Dany Rosevear.

Tiptoe and creep round room one behind the other looking fearful. Stop to listen, hand to ear. Make up simple actions for activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fright night, hold tight,

Halloween is here!

Knocking at your window, but do not fear;

There’s apple bobbing, spooky games,

Pumpkin smiles and more,

Magic potions, ghostly treats,

All inside your door!

Fright night, hold tight,

Halloween has come!

In or out, it’s all about,

With lots of scary fun!

 


 

 

Gobbolino, the witch’s cat O

 

 


A song for Hallowe’en by G.C.Westcott based on Ursula Moray William’s wonderful story for children, find out more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobbolino,_the_Witch's_Cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One fine night in a witch’s cavern,

Two little kittens rolled on to the floor;

One, called Sootica, was black all over:

The other, Gobbolino, had one white paw.

 

Chorus

Who’ll give a home to a kitten?

Who’ll give a home to a cat?

Gobbolino you may call me;

I want just a fire and a mat.

 

One white paw and a sheen of tabby,

Two lovely eyes not green but blue,

None of the witches would take this kitten …

And neither did his mother know what to do.

 

Then one day, when the sun was shining,

Gobbolino found he was all alone.

The witch had gone and deserted him for ever,

So Gobbolino washed himself, then he left home.


 

 

Goblins and witches O

 

 


Halloween is a great time for songs in the minor key; this mysterious one is by Robert Richardson from Ginn’s ‘Singing and rhyming’ pub 1950.

Chords added by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


What do the goblins and witches say

On Halloween night?

“Boo-oo-oo-oo!” Whwwt!

They’re out of sight!

What do the goblins and witches say

On Halloween night

They bump, and jump, and thumpety thump. Whew!

They give us a fright!


 

 

Hallowe’en counting rhyme 🔊

 

 


This delightful Halloween number rhyme is by the wonderful singer and songwriter Kathy Reid-Naiman; it can be found on her ‘When it’s Autumn’ CD which you can access through the link. As its title suggests it is a rhyme and Kathy adds a lively rhythmic beat to her version. The tune below is my interpretation.

 

Dramatise freely but these suggestions might be helpful: Each time show number of fingers. 1. Ring thumbs and forefingers to make ghostly eyes. Cross hands at wrists and flap hands. Make pointy hat above head. Throw out hands. 2. Brush whiskers on cheeks, make lemon eyes as above. Forefingers to head for devils horns. Hands to cheeks. 3. Show claws, wave, shake arms and hands. 4. Stretch out arms. Hands open and close.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One little ghost,

Two little bats,

Three little witches,

How about that!

Four little cats

With yellow eyes,

Five little devils,

What a big surprise!

Six little monsters,

Seven little gnomes,

Eight little skeletons,

Shaking their bones.

Nine little scarecrows,

Stuffed with straw,

Ten black crows go,

“Caw! Caw! Caw!”

 


 

 

Halloween fun 🔊

 

 


A Halloween hand play and a great excuse for lots of percussion sounds.

Words, music and game by Dany Rosevear.

 

Verse 1. Hands crossed over at wrist flap in different directions. Chorus: Hands prowl, put hands to cheeks looking fearful, roll arms round each other, throw fists in the air. 2. Waft hands around. 3. Stomp fists one on top of the other. 4. Hands form witches hat on head, whiskers to mouth, draw moon. 5. Shake arms and hands, hands to face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bats fly up and bats fly down,

They fly all over our dark little town;

Chorus:

They’re out at night to give you a fright,

But shout ‘BOO!’ ‘BOO!’ and they’ll run,

And they’ll run, and they’ll run and they’ll run,

For it’s Halloween fun!

 

Ghosts fly east and ghosts fly west,

They fly all around in their floaty white vests; They’re out at night…

 

Witches whizz by with cats on their brooms,

They cackle and screech at the shimmering moon,

They’re out at night…

 

Monsters stomp along the streets,

With sharp yellow claws and big hairy feet;

They’re out at night…

 

Skeletons shake and rattle their bones,

Wailing and swaying with terrible groans;

They’re out at night…


 

 

Hallowe’en is coming O

 

A song for Hallowe’en by Ginglend and Stiles; a great one to enjoy adding eerie creepy sounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Halloween is coming, Ha, ha, ha!

Halloween is coming, Hee, hee, hee!

 

Spooks will prowl on Hallowe’en,

Bats and goblins will soon be seen.

Ghosts will float right through the air,

Witches on broomsticks will give you a scare.

Halloween is coming, Ha, ha, ha!

Halloween is coming, Hee, hee, hee!

 

Jack-o’-lanterns burning bright

Look out the windows on Halloween night,

Ghosts and witches, goblins too,

On Halloween night are out to scare you. Boo!

Halloween is coming, Ha, ha, ha!

Halloween is coming, Hee, hee, hee!

 


 

 

Halloween’s coming 🔊

 

 


A spooky song for Halloween with a repetitive rhythm ideal for accompanying with percussion.

 

Look from side to side fearfully expectant. Make a stalking movement with hands. Hands form witches hat on head, whiskers to mouth and cross at wrist to make flapping wings. Make ghost and goblin movements. Flap and make whiskers as before as before. Prowl and make a sudden scary face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Halloween’s coming!

Halloween’s coming!

Skeletons will be after you!

Witches, cats and big black bats,

Ghosts and goblins too!

Flap, flap, flap, go the big black bats,

Ooooooooooo!

“Meow, meow, meow!” say the green-eyed cats,

Oooooooooo!

Boo!

 


 

 

 

Have you seen the ghost of Tom? O

 

 


Make scary sounds to enhance this round. When singing this song as a round you would not use the chords suggested below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Have you seen the ghost of Tom?

Long white bones with the rest all gone,

Oo-oo- ooh, O- oo- oo- ooh!

Wouldn’t it be chilly with no skin on?


 

 

Hinx, minx! The old witch winks 🔊

 

 


A classic Halloween rhyme that you can find in BBC Radio for schools ‘Poetry Corner’ Autumn 1986. However I have change it to the more well known ‘Hinx, minx’ rather than ‘Binx, minx’. I have also added a last verse adapted fom elsewhere.

Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

Verse 1. Stir cauldron. 2. One hand on top of the other with thumbs out, point to moon. 3. Cross hands at wrists and flap them. Circle eyes with thumbs and forefingers. Stroke cheeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hinx, minx! The old witch winks,

The fat begins to fry;

There's nobody home but Jumping Joan,

The old black cat, and I.

 

Hinx, minx! The old witch winks,

The fish jump out of the pan;

Jumping Joan is off to the moon,

As fast as ever she can.

 

Hinx, minx! The black bat blinks,

And then begins to fly!

A ghostly moan from the ghost of Joan,

Make all the children cry!


 

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